Hurry Up and Wait, part deux

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We have the preliminary results from Harrison’s bone marrow test and the doctors do not see any leukemia under the microscope. That is very good news. Of course, in the childhood cancer world, especially Harrison’s world, this isn’t the final test. Because of Harrison’s unique situation, samples have been sent for more intensive genetic testing that will confirm or contradict … Read More

Stand Down

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We arrived at the cancer hospital at UNC today in eager anticipation of a bone marrow aspirate and spinal tap to check for any remaining cancer. We left without them. But that’s okay. As you may know, Harrison’s case involves researchers from around the world. His case has been in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical … Read More

You Can Check Out But You Can Never Leave

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This Friday is a very important day for Harrison. He will have a bone marrow aspirate done to see if there is any evidence of remaining leukemia. They want to see, in essence, if the last three and a half years of treatment has failed. Can you imagine having endured three and a half years of chemotherapy¬†only to discover it … Read More

We Can Have Ice Cream Again

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Last week Harrison had is final infusion of Vincristine, as awful drug that has nearly crippled him. The effects on his knees and ankles are horrific, making getting out of bed in the morning a challenge, and running almost impossible. He is glad to be done with that toxin (“glad” here being the understatement of the year!). Following that infusion … Read More

Saturday’s Darkness

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Today,¬†Christians around the world reflect on the substitutionary death of Jesus. It is a dark day in Christian memory, as death has swallowed up Jesus and he has been buried, descending into the earth. He is dust returning to dust. The Saturday following Good Friday is a terrible reminder of death’s hold on humanity. Every person will die. No one … Read More